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coming up on ard t germany wants edward snowden members of the german government are trying to get the n.s.a. whistleblower to testify and investigation against u.s. spying activities more on this new development ahead and on capitol hill a group of senators claim they are pushing legislation to deal with concerns over n.s.a. surveillance but critics say their efforts fall short and could actually make things worse we'll tell you more coming up. and in chicago the u.s. is biggest jail is also its biggest mental health facility over a third of the prisons inmates have mental illness so how did this happen tell you more on that later in the show. it's friday november first five pm in washington d.c.
i'm sam sax and you're watching our team and we begin with breaking news out of los angeles international airport where at around nine thirty this morning a gunman walked into terminal three at the airport pulled out an assault rifle and opened fire it continued firing his gun through the security scream screening area area making it fairly far into the airport before he came under fire from law enforcement officials and was taken into custody there are reports of multiple injuries and another report that one t.s.a. agent was killed in the shooting archies ramon glinda is on the scene at l.a.x. and joins us once again with more hello around eight am so ramona you were at the airport earlier you joined us what's the latest now. sure well we're getting reports from the associated press and several other news agencies anonymous sources that the gunman is a twenty three year old man by the name of paul. i think and
a good art i have talked to law enforcement officials here myself and our team has contacted the l.a.p.d. who have said that they cannot confirm that identity saying that identity was not supposed to be relieved just to recap what we had been going on here the t.s.a. confirmed that yes. he was killed by a gunman this morning at los angeles international airport it all started just before nine thirty am local time about twelve thirty eastern time according to airport police the gunman walked into the terminal three at l.a.x. pulled out some sort of assault rifle been started flying air force police police say that officers chased down the suspect shot him and took him into custody according to airport police a total of seven people were treated for injuries here at the airport six of them were transported to local hospitals so we're getting information about this gunman
twenty three year old with his name it's not been confirmed. do we have any more on his condition we were told her reports that he was shot and taken into custody do you have any information as motivation i mean we have a t.s.a. agent killed other kissing officers shot was the t.s.a. is target well anonymous sources are also giving information to the associated press again again not attributed to anybody and unconfirmed still that this gunman may have had some sort of vendetta against g.s.a. agents had some sort of internet proteins and literature relating toward or relating to some sort of animosity toward t.s.a. again the details will come out later and be confirmed what we do know from when this is that they described. a white male coming out and opening fire we do know that he was. relieved for them and that. can be confirmed at this moment. climate at the airport like right now i imagine i mean are there planes
flying in and out what kind of business operations are going on there i imagine there must be a lot of confusion considering during the shooting lots of people who had gone through security clearances or hadn't ran to take cover and when and on authorized areas including the runway and hiding behind planes on the tarmac and stuff how does the airport deal with that now as they try and reopen. from the pictures that we've seen from passengers in video a very chaotic time in the immediate aftermath of the shooting what we're seeing now although all entrances to the airport. i have in the hour or so that we've been here a few planes landing and there's a very large airport several terminals and a couple of runways as well so however most traffic coming in and out of l.a. i had. this. walking around bomb sniffing
dogs and thousands and thousands of passengers who were either who either had passed through security or were on their way to the security checkpoint have been pretty much cordoned off and left in terminal one either waiting to get to the trauma that they hope to get to at some point or are just waiting to be rescreened terminal one. mon glinda on the scene at l.a.x. thank you. i'm moving on to germany where one politician is making a bid to bring edward snowden into the country to appear as a witness against n.s.a. spying activities german green party politician hans christian strobel met with snowden in moscow where he received a letter from the n.s.a. whistleblower to be shared with german authorities the letter snowden right. it's i am heartened by the response to my act of political expression in both the united states and beyond citizens around the world as well as high officials including in the united states have judged the revelation of an unaccountable system of
pervasive surveillance to be a public service today german interior minister hans-peter friedrich confirm that he's trying to find a way to bring snowden into the country to testify in front of german officials but that could be difficult since of edward snowden leaves russia he will lose his asylum there meaning any deal to testify in germany has to come with new protections for snowden at a press conference mr strobel discuss this issue when he fully isn't two days ago i sent to you that it was to both parts of the u.s. congress senate and the house of representatives and offered a consultation intox between the german building this the parliamentarian control board maybe also a board of inquiry to see together how we can solve the problems and one of the central problems will also be the question of what will happen with edward snowden . so while the germans look into reaching out to snowden secretary of state john kerry responded to the growing criticism worldwide over u.s.
spine and he went farther than any senior official in the white house has gone in criticizing the n.s.a.'s activities here's what he had to say while speaking to the open government partnership summit in london and it is a. call that is there is that there is no rush as the president. says reach to florida. is up to. the secretary kerry's comments come after a delegation of lawmakers spent a good portion of the week in talks with intelligence officials right here in washington d.c. trying to get an explanation on the n.s.a.'s activities flying on world leaders. meanwhile the white house continues its review of u.s. surveillance programs senior obama administration official told reuters that within the last few weeks president obama decided to put an end to spying on the u.n. headquarters in new york and u.s. officials said the president also halted spying on the world bank and the
international monetary fund even though it had never been revealed that such spying was going on this could be the first in a series of denials to non accusations coming from the white house as it tries to get in front of the next series of n.s.a. leaks. now moving to capitol hill where yesterday the senate intelligence committee moved legislation forward addressing the recent n.s.a. revelations the chairwoman of the committee senator dianne feinstein a fierce n.s.a. supporter touted the legislation known as the pfizer improvements act saying she believes the reforms in the bill are quote prudent responsible and meaningful but critics of the bill say it falls well short of meaningful reform and they say that it actually gives the n.s.a. more legal protections to conduct its bulk collection of communication records under section two fifteen of the patriot act edward snowden's leaks revealed a secret reinterpretation of section six to fifteen the patriot act by the n.s.a.
and the pies a court that gave the n.s.a. enormous power to collect americans phone records to find sign bill will remove this program from murky legal grounds and officially codified into law the electronic frontier foundation called the bill disingenuous saying don't be fooled the bill codifies some of the n.s.a.'s worst practices would be a huge setback for everyone's privacy and it would permanently entrenched them says collection of every phone record held by u.s. telecoms this is not an n.s.a. reform bill it's an n.s.a. entrenchment bill. and senator mark udall who's been critical of the n.s.a. argued the n.s.a.'s ongoing and base of surveillance of americans private information does not to respect our constitutional values and needs fundamental reform not incidental changes unfortunately the bill passed by the senate intelligence committee does not go far enough to address the n.s.a.'s overreaching domestic surveillance programs senator udall instead supports
a bill introduced earlier this week by senator patrick leahy and by congressman jim sensenbrenner in the house it's a bipartisan bill that would all together and the n.s.a.'s ability to conduct bulk collection of phone records which means in the coming weeks or in the coming months there will be a showdown in congress over what and it's a reform should look like and just how far it should go earlier i was joined by elizabeth going team the co-director of the liberty and national security program at the brennan center for justice and she started by saying where senator feinstein's bill ranks with other n.s.a. reform efforts coming down the pike on capitol hill. well senator feinstein's bill is an effort to as was said earlier to codified by the n.s.a. as a bulk collection of americans telephone records which is in fact on shaky legal footing right now it's true that the secret files a court has approved the program but if and when the legality of that program ever came before i don't want to say a real court but one of the other article three courts. i believe it's very
unlikely that it would be upheld so what senator feinstein's bill would do is to remove any statutory challenge to this practice and codified and enshrine it into law and i mean her bill includes a number of things like the top secret files the court to collect evidence briefs on certain issues for privacy issues it changes how the n.s.a. chief is appointed just they all seem like very cosmetic reforms but this bulk data collection program is the most egregious one of the most egregious revelations that have come out and it's what's really outraged lawmakers we heard from jim sensenbrenner who wrote the paycheck saying this is not any idea i had so she's basically doing the n.s.a. a huge favor by taking this most controversial program and legalize it essentially that's correct and there's another program that's being legalized in this bill which has not gotten as much attention as it really should which is the back door searches of international communications that are acquired under the section seven
zero two of the members that this is the backdoor loophole that ron wyden had warned about exactly and so what has been happening is that the n.s.a. is allowed under the amendments act to go collect huge amounts of communications of people who are suspected to be foreigners overseas without any individual warrant because they are foreigners overseas what ends up happening is the n.s.a. scoops up a lot of communications between people overseas and americans and also ends up scooping a lot of purely domestic communications of americans into that. pyle as well these are all communications americans communications that the n.s.a. would need an individualized order court order or warrant to look at under ordinary circumstances but what they're doing is once they collect it under the pfizer amendments act they are saying that they can then go search it for the names of americans and it's a sort of it's a backdoor way around the warrant requirement of the fourth amendment so so
normally the under normal court as you said they would have to target the individuals that they're going for they have to prove show evidence why yours reasonable cause as to why they're going to go after these people but now that pfizer just approved this blanket search and then the n.s.a. can go in and run these algorithms and collect these these giant these giant databases that they can then search through to collect americans and find feinstein's bill basically codifies that as well as that as well even though it seems quite strikingly against the spirit if not the letter of some of the targeting restrictions in the five amendments at senator feinstein sits on the senate intelligence committee that's a very powerful position her counterpart in the house mike rogers sits on the house intelligence committee both these individuals have been very deferential to the n.s.a. have been defended i've defended the n.s.a. i viewed alan grayson a few days ago when he said that the congressional intelligence committees have become apologists for the surveillance state complex we're told that these programs
how about oversight coming from congress and coming from the pfizer court how can we believe any of this stuff when when these oversight committees are basically giving the n.s.a. a huge favor well there's two different questions and one is what kind of oversight do we have in place and the second question is what are the programs that are being overseen and if the programs that are being overseen give the n.s.a. too much leeway to collect information about americans without any reason to suspect that there's any kind of connection to an international terrorist or a foreign power then you can have all the oversight in the world and if it that oversight finds that the. program is operating as intended the program still isn't operating in a way that's consistent with americans liberty if we make of lawmakers like jim sensenbrenner saying hey when i wrote the patriot act i never anticipated that section two fifteen would be interpreted the way that it was interpreted is that a is that a legitimate claim or should they share the blame for all passing the patriot act back in two thousand and one and not be surprised that the n.s.a.
has done with that what they did with it well i would say a little of both i think that a lot of people were concerned that these powers that were granted under the patriot act went too far and could be abused and could be pushed at the boundaries to allow something like bulk collection that said i don't believe that at the time that the bulk collection section two hundred fifteen of the patriot act was passed anyone who voted for it imagined that it would be used to collect all americans telephone records that's simply just not something you could get from reading the text of the bill one of the the spy chief general alexander d.n.i. clapper they keep repeating this long to justify the bulk collection program by saying you need the haystack to find the needle. does that make any sense to you well it would make sense if finding the needle were a purely random process in which the best way to find a needle was to scatter about them as much as possible this is not
a good analogy for how efficient intelligence processes work the most effective form of intelligence and this this isn't for me this comes from intelligence professionals themselves comes from following known leans know in association with people who are suspected to be terrorist the way police marketers and in fact according to the n.s.a. they don't even search this database until they have reasonable suspicion so what's the harm in requiring them to wait till they haue reasonable suspicion and then requests just those records from the telephone company is just the last thirty seconds here or there reforms particular reforms you see coming out of congress that are worthwhile that people should be paying attention to and have saluki i think the usa freedom act was introduced by representative sensenbrenner and senator leahy in the senate is it is a very sensible measure it ends bulk collection and it ends there closes this back door but it still enables the n.s.a. and our other intelligence agencies to get the information they need to prevent
terrorists so it sounds like a pretty good start when it comes to confronting this monster that's been revealed i think that's the way to go of elizabeth co-director of the liberty national security program at the brennan center for justice today's november first the internationally imposed deadline for syria to have all its chemical weapons production and mixing facilities destroyed on thursday the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons announced that syria will indeed need to this deadline with twenty one of twenty three declared chemical weapons sites officially inspected by the joint o.p.c. w in the u.n. mission or tease posts lawyers on the ground in damascus with more. dangerous and dirty that's how the nobel prize committee described the work of chemical weapons inspectors inside syria not to mention the usually tight deadline october twenty five damascus provides a detailed plan of its chemical weapons stockpiles done october twenty seven foreign inspectors visited all declared sites missed and by today syria finishes
destroying all equipment used in the production and mixing of poison gas and nerve agents done yesterday which eliminate i mean whatever we can but you know this is a very complicated process complications field by so-called security concerns and that's the reason why one deadline already has been missed one of the biggest problems the train faces is how to access sites in rebel controlled areas so far the rebels have been unwilling to cooperate part inspectors have managed to visit twenty one of twenty three sites and although they haven't fully blame the rebels damascus insists it's doing its share until now. both. sides being visited are under government control and we hope those who are controlling the. the groups tell them to implement what they are expected to implement it's the most difficult mission ever undertaken by the organization for the prohibition of
chemical weapons destroying a country's chemical weapons stockpiles in the midst of a civil war two women are syria actually stopped producing chemical weapons in one thousand nine hundred eight as a possessed alternatives that can be a strategic substitution and are not in conflict with international law but none of this answers the reason why foreign inspectors are in damascus in the first place a chemical attack on august twenty first in which hundreds of people were killed after rockets with seven guests were fired at damascus or suburbs those responsible are still at large the next deadline in the destruction of syria's chemical weapons program is the middle. of next year by then damascus method destroyed its entire home and emissions timeline in very difficult circumstances you see on t.v. damascus today iraqi prime minister al maliki met with president obama to discuss u.s. aid to iraq he says moloch his first visit to the u.s. in two years comes after a wave of recent tragically routine violence in his country within seven thousand
people in iraq have been killed this year according to the database iraq body count in an op ed in new york times this week maliki wrote al qaeda in iraq and its affiliates are conducting a terrorist campaign against our people the prime minister is requesting helicopters and fighter jets from the u.s. to help his military fight its insurgents. now we go to new york where a federal appeals court on thursday david greene lied to the n.y.p.d. as controversial stop and frisk policy now back in august judge shire a scheindlin ruled that stop and frisk is that unconstitutional as it unlawfully targets minorities and she said that police made at least two hundred thousand stops between two thousand and four and two thousand and twelve without any reasonable suspicion she blocked further use of the tactic until the n.y.p.d. makes changes but that ruling that ruling right there was tossed out on thursday by three judge panel of the u.s.
court of appeals for the second circuit meaning stop and frisk is once again good to go and we've got the appeals court removed judge sheindlin from the case study impropriety from the bench after the judge made some opinionated comments on stop and frisk to the media next week democratic nominee bill de blasio is expected to win the new york city mayoral race he's been a critic of stop and frisk and released a statement in response to yesterday's ruling saying i'm extremely disappointed in today's decision we shouldn't have to wait for reforms that both keep our community safe and obey the constitution. to talk more about this case i'm joined by our cheese on a star from new york welcome on a saucer. so. in one of the ruling from yesterday what's the next legal step well sam up now that judge sheindlin which as we have to say you can see is considered by the judiciary community here in new york to be one of really the top judges and
a very good professional and she has been following the stop and frisk policies for years and that trial when she. consider the application of some of the stop and frisk policies unconstitutional lasted ten weeks certainly she was somebody who is very familiar with the topic now that she has been booted off this case by this appeals court what's going to happen is a new judge will step in to look into exactly what it was whether or not the suggestions that she had made over the unconstitutionality of the stop and frisk policies what exactly will happen with them next we have to keep in mind that what she exactly suggested was that the stop and frisk program should be at least based on reasonable suspicion that should be racially neutral that there should be a prosecutor appointed to change some of these policies to make them more adequate and that also some of the police officers should carry and where video cameras to be able to see exactly what happens when these stop and press policies. take place
and also a schedule of appeals has been set up extending all the way into twenty fourteen where we will have a new mayor in new york city so certainly that could change there in itself and we do of course know that the lawyers in this case are going to keep appealing against this latest ruling and keep fighting for the stop and frisk to be banned we've seen stop and frisk. going on in new york city for years now what's the latest message coming out of these protests after this court ruling. well you know it's it was really an unexpected twist this latest ruling sam because the people who have been fighting stop and professed for years certainly hope that finally something is going to keep changing and happening but you know their message is racial profiling stopping frisking questioning these people on the streets you know you mentioned numbers earlier we have to say that the new york city liberties union says that it's actually almost four million stops since two thousand and two and in almost
ninety percent of the cases we're talking about communities mostly latino and african-american and people are outraged take a listen to what they told us earlier today dropping first needs to be ended because it is racist immoral and illegitimate it treats black and latino people especially young people like criminals guilty until proven innocent if they can survive to prove their innocence stop and frisk is a crime that amounts to police stalking intimidating sometimes jailing and even as much as killing people in the name of security and sam you know people we've spoken to they basically keep repeating the same message over again they say this is the largest profiling of program in the u.s. and certainly one of them it's controversial on so how much do you think the fact that stop and frisk is considered unconstitutional by its critics reflect what's
going on in the u.s. today more broadly on a larger scale when it comes to police well you know a certainly yes a lot of people do say it's unconstitutional because it brings unreasonable searches and. excuse me. gets in the way of equal protection but the activists on the ground say that it does reflect a much larger attitudes in courts these days take a listen. this court ruling you know shows not that it's a more complicated issue and maybe there's different degrees of of constitutionality but it shows that this courts are more than fine with violating the rights of blacks and latinos and certainly that's a very popular opinion out on the streets here in new york city center so we have a mayoral election coming up tuesday bill de blasio the democratic nominee is expected to win he's been critical of stop and frisk if he wins it would can he
just ended i mean does this court opinion matter if he gets elected tuesday and says we're just not doing this anymore well technically he can do that because yes certainly he can step in and do that but i think the activists are trying to make sure that this is also something backed by the legal system in case that does not happen so was certainly that's possible and people are hoping but we have to say that even though he has been very anti stop and frisk throughout the campaign he's also said that it's the particular use and the over use of the stop and frisk program that's questionable so we'll have to wait and see if he sticks to his words and interested parties on the stasi turkana from new york thank you for now i want to chicago where budget cuts to mental health services and rampant crime and drug use have created an uneasy situation the nation's largest jail or jesus wall brings you the story of cook county jail. chicago's cut county jail holds over ten thousand inmates making it the largest jail in the united states it's also the
nation's largest mental health care provider it's exploding on any given day about twenty five to thirty percent of the inmates here at the county jail suffer from some sort of severe mental illness here in the minimum security section of the jail most inmates suffer from some kind of mental health issue most of the crimes they're accused of are nonviolent drug related almost all of these inmates are on psychiatric medication a lot of antidepressants and things i.b.m. as well one thing you know here they take part in group counseling sessions for an hour therapy but resources are wearing thin and experts say many of these men diagnosed with mental health disorders simply don't belong behind bars they're under stress a court case and then again you know if they get you killed is separated from friends and family in some here for the very first time which means it's really difficult to just this dorm holds three hundred eighty four beds oh one of the jail
rooms like this became flooded with psychiatric patients after chicago made deep cuts to mental health care services we've had three state hospitals state mental hospitals in the state of illinois that have closed over the last two years six of the twelve mental health clinics here in chicago specifically have closed. a couple large private clinics have it closed down as well because they can't get funding anymore it's an absolute disaster without a place to turn for support many of the inmates that shuffle through cook county jail and up homeless they will be effectively warehoused they will they will sit in a cell and there's nothing magical about a prison cell the problems you bring to prison won't magically go away just because you're incarcerated that's why so many inmates return back to jail may. detainee's here in the maximum security division are repeat offenders outside the walls of
jail they fail to get the medication they need and turn to drugs and crime that's the challenge for illinois in several scenarios states to now mean nothing services for people who go back for the underprivileged getting help for mental health outside of prison faces financial and political challenges when it comes to budget cutting time the first thing to go we fight is always mental health services because nobody cares about these people they don't have a voice as long as psychiatric services remain scarce it's almost certain and the halls of cook county jail and others across the country will continue to overflow in chicago liz of all our team. that will do it for now for more of the stories recovered from syria to the latest on the n.s.a. revelations go to youtube dot com slash r.t. america and check out our web site r t v dot com slash usa you can follow me on twitter at sam sachs see you back here at eight pm.
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